Even though we all inhabit the same planet, we also share many differences. We dress differently, speak different languages, and hold different professions. But even still, we are able to coexist. We become friends with one another and form relationships. Even though it may not seem like it in the wild, animals form friendships too. Interspecies friendships show there are no boundaries when it comes to love. Animals don’t pass judgment – whether or not you’re furry or  scaly – they all simply want to be loved and cared for.

This story from Wildlife Friends Foundation Thailand shows one of the most unlikely interspecies friendships between Simon the Cow and Leonardo the African spurred tortoise. Check out these adorable photos!

Simon the cow was rescued by Wildlife Friends Foundation Thailand in February 2016. The young cow lost part of his hind leg after getting caught in a vine.

Leonardo was rescued from a Bangkok zoo in 2013 after the zoo closed down. 

The whole staff at Wildlife Friends Foundation Thailand fell in love with Simon’s sweet personality and playful nature. They decided to house him temporarily in a large open field enclosure so he could recover before being moved to another enclosure with two other rescued cows. 

But to everyone’s surprise, Simon formed a strong bond with Leonardo the tortoise. 

They are often seen following each other around, sharing meals, and resting together. 

Simon and Leonardo show us that love knows no bounds.

We hope these two share many more years of friendship!



Even if it is unlikely, Simon and Leonardo share a beautiful friendship and their relationship highlights an important message. Despite the bonds we share with our pets, people often overlook the emotional capabilities of other animals. At the end of the day, we’re not all that different from one another and we could all benefit from being more compassionate. For more photos visit Wildlife Friends Foundation Thailand‘s Facebook page.

All image source: Wildlife Friends Foundation Thailand